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July 19, 2013

Pelosi backs more scrutiny of NSA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she backs more congressional oversight of the National Security Agency and the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court.

"I am supportive of Congress taking up legislation, such as (Rep.) Adam Schiff has put forth, that would have more transparency on the operation of the FISA courts with how their decisions are made and what the decisions are after the fact," she said at a press conference.

She was referring to a bill from Schiff -- like her,a Democrat from California -- that would call for the declassification of opinions by the court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Pelosi said it was important to have these discussions and that government has to balance security interests and privacy. She pointed to a privacy and civil liberties board that has met with President Barack Obama as an appropriate place.

"Congressional oversight is important," Pelosi said. "We have to have the information in order to have oversight over it."

- KATE IRBY

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